Discrimination Against Recovering Addicts ~By The Doctors Who Prescribed Them The Drugs In The First Place
It seems like the minute you say, “I cannot take that doctor, I’m a recovering addict,” their whole deminor changes. Their pen drops, they let out a sign, they look at you in a disappointed glance over the top of their reading glasses and have judged you before they hear anything else. Now, you are just another opiate junkie, they no nothing about you, your fight for your life or addiction in general. I have been through this so many times and they doctors are the ones who prescribe the opiates in the first place then they turn their back on you and shove you off to someone else when you tell them you are an addict. They don’t want to deal with you anymore.
I have especially been experiencing the majority of discrimination when I tell a doctor I am on methadone. A surgeon told me I was not recovering because I was on methadone. He was sarcastic, condescending and rude. Another doctor was supposed to order tests on my heart because I had suffered a mild heart attack over the winter. The nurse took my blood pressure, my weight and asked me about what meds I was on. I told her I was a recovering addict on methadone. The doctor came in with the chart and was reading it. He looked at me, I was terrified because I did not know I had had a heard attack at that time, I was scared. He said, ” Why are you here? If you think I’m going to prescribe you methadone or any other narcotics you’re out of your mind,” I was so shocked, upset, and I began to cry as I tried to spit out, “No, I’m on methadone at methadone maintenance in Buffalo, I have been having chest pains, I was referred here,” he walked out of the room and sent the nurse in to hook me up to a machine, I was so panicked by then I had no idea what was going on. She read the results of the EKG machine and called the doctor in, he looked at me and he looked annoyed, like I was doing something wrong. He told the nurse to send me across the street to the hospital immediately that there were abnormalities in my test results. By then I was in a full panic and fled the office. Later after two or three phone calls from their office I answered and agreed to get more testing two days later. I had a heart attack and there was some damage. I am terrified to go back to that doctor but I have to in order to get referred out to another doctor. I passed out last week after I raised my voice and yelled at my teenage daughter. I know I need to see the doctor but he was so awful to me. I’m worried that I will not receive fair treatment because now all he thinks is I’m looking for a script of narcotics.
I have heard the same thing from other recovering opiate addicts. It also makes it difficult when they try to write you a script and you have to say no to it, they get mad at you! The system is flawed. Addicts cannot receive fair treatment, we are treated like criminals, not patients and certainly not like we should be. We are people with a disease, someone with heart disease or diabetes would not be treated this way. It is outrageous.
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